Western Honshu Restaurants

Western Honshu is one of the best regions to sample local Japanese seafood, with regional specialties from the Nihon-kai (Japan Sea) and Seto Nai-kai (Inland Sea). The oysters in Hiroshima, sea eel on Miyajima, and sashimi and sushi on the San-in coast are all superb. Matsue's location means that a variety of both freshwater and saltwater fish are available. Most reasonably priced restaurants have a visual display of the menu in the window, if not photos on the menu pages. If you cannot order in Japanese and no English is spoken, you can always lead the waiter to the window display and point. If you’re adventurous, it is always fun to ask, "Osusume?," which means "What do you recommend?"

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  • 1. Kappo Chiyo

    $$$ | Japanese

    Imagine a kappo (fine dining) course that includes squid and scallops cooked before you with butter on a sizzling-hot river stone and such...Read More

  • 2. Kawakyo

    $$$ | Japanese

    This intimate, counter-only restaurant is the best place to try local sake and a set meal, including the seven famous delicacies from Shinji...Read More

  • 3. Yuuki

    $$ | Japanese

    Carp dishes—yes, carp—and delectable mountain vegetables maintain Yuki's highly venerated reputation. The kitchen also serves ayu, or river...Read More

  • 4. Aoki Sushi

    $$ | Japanese

    An old-fashioned sushi restaurant with a few tables on tatami mats and a long bar counter with stools, the rustic Aoki has a cheerful staff...Read More

  • 5. Hamayoshi

    $$ | Japanese

    Three tables and a counter make up this intimate restaurant specializing in fish from the Seto Nai-kai. Sushi is one option; another is mamakari...Read More

  • 6. Kakifune Kanawa

    $$$$ | Naka-ku | Seafood

    Hiroshima is known for its oysters, and Kanawa, on a barge moored on the Motoyasu-gawa, gets its oysters from a particularly salty area of the...Read More

  • 7. Kamameshi Suishin Honten

    $$$ | Naka-ku | Japanese

    Famous for its kamameshi, or rice casseroles, this restaurant serves the freshest fish from the Seto Nai-kai— fugu, or puffer fish, oysters...Read More

  • 8. Kiyutei

    $$ | Steakhouse

    For the best, and most reasonably priced grilled steak in town, come to this attractive Kurashiki-style restaurant, established in 1909. The...Read More

  • 9. KuShuKuShu (9494)

    $$ | Japanese

    You'll be happy to find this lively little izakaya (traditional restaurant), a Kurashiki favorite for more than 20 years. Cool music and loud...Read More

  • 10. Ohashi

    $ | Japanese

    If you're pressed for time but want to grab a decent lunch, try some warigo soba, a local buckwheat-noodle specialty. Inside the Shamine department...Read More

  • 11. Okonomi Mura

    $$ | Naka-ku | Japanese

    In this enclave 20 shops serve okonomiyaki (literally, "as you like it grilled") Okonomiyaki is best described as an everything omelet, topped...Read More

  • 12. Sobaho Fujitaya

    $ | Japanese

    Colorful local characters come to this casual restaurant for beer and sake and seiro-soba (thin buckwheat noodles served in steaming-hot baskets...Read More

  • 13. Wafu Restaurant Nakamura

    $$ | Japanese

    Set-menu courses at this reliable and popular traditional restaurant typically offer a variety of fish, mountain vegetables, miso soup, and...Read More

  • 14. Yakumo-an

    $ | Japanese

    Surrounded by a colorful garden, the dining area at this traditional house is the best place to try sanshurui soba, the local specialty of...Read More

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